SIFNOS Beaches

Sifnos beaches are the main attraction to the island. They are spectacular, but humble affairs where you can enjoy the sea and sun for the day. Seralia, Fasolou, and Chrisopigi beaches are small and intimate swimming spots. Platis Gialos and Vathy are larger and attract more visitors.

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Chrisopigi (Apokofto) Beach

  • Name: Chrisopigi beach (Χρυσοπηγή)
  • Also Known as: Apokofto (Αποκοφτό)
  • Also Transliterated as: Chrysopigi
  • Location: Sifnos island, Greece
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  • Overall Rating: 3/5
  • Joy Index (What the Water Felt Like): 3/5
  • Beach Berm: Sand
  • Seafloor: Sand
  • Access: A paved road will bring you to the beach. You will find plenty of parking there.
  • Amenities: There is a restaurant at the beach. A row of trees can provide shade if you don’t have a parasol.

Faros Beach

  • Name: Faros beach (Φάρος)
  • Location: Sifnos island, Greece
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  • Overall Rating: 3/5
  • Joy Index (What the Water Felt Like): 4/5
  • Beach Berm: Sand
  • Seafloor: Sand
  • Access: A paved road ends at the edge of the beach.
  • Amenities: There is a restaurant right on the beach, and the town is within walking distance.

Fasolou Beach

  • Name: Fasolou beach (Φασολού)
  • Location: Sifnos island, Greece
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  • Overall Rating: 3/5
  • Joy Index (What the Water Felt Like): 4/5
  • Beach Berm: Shingle and cobbles
  • Seafloor: Shingle and rocks
  • Access: Easy access via a paved road all the way to the beach.
  • Amenities: You will find a restaurant on the beach, but not much else.

Glifo Beach

  • Name: Glifo beach (Γλυφό)
  • Also Transliterated as: Glyfo
  • Location: Sifnos island, Greece
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  • Overall Rating: 3/5
  • Joy Index (What the Water Felt Like): 3/5
  • Beach Berm: Sand
  • Seafloor: Sand
  • Access: Access to Glifo beach is not easy. The road is poor and you have t odd a little walking to get to it.
  • Amenities: The small village is within walking distance
  • Notes: This is the beach near Faros.
    If you park by the peer and walk through the Faros beach and then over the little village, you will see Glifo on the other side of the town.

Kamares Beach

  • Name: Kamares beach (Καμάρες)
  • Location: Sifnos island, Greece
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  • Overall Rating: 3/5
  • Joy Index (What the Water Felt Like): 3/5
  • Beach Berm: Sand
  • Seafloor: Sand
  • Access: A paved road runs parallel to the beach. There is usually plenty of parking on the road.
  • Amenities: The town and port are within walking distance

Seralia Beach

  • Name: beach (Ελληνικα)
  • Location: Sifnos island, near Kastro town, Greece
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  • Overall Rating: 4/5
  • Joy Index (What the Water Felt Like): 4/5
  • Beach Berm: Shingle and cobbles
  • Seafloor: Shingle, cobbles, and rocks
  • Access: A paved road will bring you close to the beach. The last stretch to Seralia is narrow, steep, and a bit hard to drive on.
  • Amenities: The village is within walking distance.
  • Notes: Seralia might be a perfect spot to spend your holiday if who want to get away from it all. The cozy little village (just a few vacation homes really), is nested in a shallow cove near the medieval town of Kastro.

Platis Gialos Beach

  • Name: Platis Gialos beach (Πλατύς Γιαλός)
  • Also Transliterated as: Platys Gialos; Platy Gialos
  • Location: Sifnos island, Greece
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  • Overall Rating: 3/5
  • Joy Index (What the Water Felt Like): 3/5
  • Beach Berm: Sand
  • Seafloor: Sand
  • Access: You may get to Platis Gialos via paved road that will bring you to the town. The beach is one block to your left as you drive through town. Park anywhere and walk to the beach.
  • Amenities: The town is right on top of the beach, so you will find plenty of restaurants, cafes, and shops.

Notes: Platy Gialos is a very pleasant beach, albeit narrow. It gets crowded in spots where cafeterias or hotels are near, but there are spots where you can find plenty of space to spread out.

It’s soft sand and shallow depth is perfect for children.

As you reach the end of the town, you will see signs to “Zaharou” Beach.

If you visit Platy Gialos for the fist time you will be excused to thing the signs point to a nice swimming spot. But if you go through the trouble to get there via the dirt road, you will probably be disappointed. 

Zaharou is not a beach. It’s a bar that has cemented a few rocks by the sea and placed sun beds on it. If drinking and mingling is your intent, by all means, enjoy your time there. If you are looking for a sandy place to swim, stick to the town beach.

Vathi Beach

  • Name: Vathi beach (Βαθύ)
  • Location: Sifnos island, Greece
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  • Overall Rating: 3/5
  • Joy Index (What the Water Felt Like): 3/5
  • Beach Berm: Sand
  • Seafloor: Sand
  • Access: Good access to the town via a nice, paved road. There is usually plenty of parking near the beach.
  • Amenities: Several hotels, restaurants, and bars are within walking distance from the beach.

Notes: Vathi is a tiny village with a hotel as big as the town itself. The hotel has been built with multiple units that look like the local architecture so it really looks like an extention of the village itself.

In fact, if it wern’t for the huge swimming pool by the beach the hotel would have been invisible. The pool is only for hotel patrons but the part of the beach in front of it is the best place to swim at (you don’t have to be hotel resident–beaches in Greece are free for all by law).

Because the hotel blocks direct access to the beach, you have to park kind of far on the main road and then walk down a dirt road that brings you to a narrow part of the beach not really suitable for swimming.

A short walk to the left, through a very narrow beach (sometimes you have to walk in water) will bring you to the nice part in front of the hotel.

Our reader, Richard from South Africa, posted this on our old message board: “Excellent village resort. The best place to eat is Manoli’s, right on the beach. Excellent food, including traditional chickpea dish cooked on Sundays. Most of the vegetables served are from their own garden, behind the restaurant.

Also check out the bakery and coffee shop next door, run by the same family.

The sea around Sifnos is cold, but at Vathi is a little warmer because of being shallower and exposed to the sun for longer in the day, being on the west side of the island.”

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